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Three General Hospitals to be Upgraded to Specialist Health Institutions in Anambra

Three General Hospitals to be Upgraded to Specialist Health Institutions in Anambra

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Three General Hospitals in Anambra state will be upgraded to specialists Hospitals with provisions of ultra modern equipment. The hospitals are Ekwulobia, Onitsha, and Enugwu Ugwu , all cutting across the three senatorial zones. The State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano announced this during a political flag off at Abagana, the Headquarters of Njikoka local government Council. The governor explained that the essence of the upgrade was to offer equal health services to every individual, and as well stand among the hospitals penciled down for the health insurance scheme. Governor Obiano said “Njikoka had benefited immensely from my administration in various means, such as appointment, infrastructures and other capital projects. “Apart from all the major roads we have completed,
4 Hospitals Sealed In Ibadan For Prescribing Banned Drug

4 Hospitals Sealed In Ibadan For Prescribing Banned Drug

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Following Oyo State’s government resolve to sanitise the private health sector, the state’s Task force on Private Health Facilities has sealed a hospital in Apete area, over its prescription of analgin, a banned drug in Nigeria. The task force, which got to the hospital, run by a community health extension worker at about 2pm found that the patient was being given this banned drug, alongside other four other painkillers and four antibiotics by intramuscular routes. The male patient, a civil servant, had initially made a deposit of N10, 000 at the hospitals for treatment of what the hospital queried as enteric fever. The task force, which initially visited the facility weeks back to ensure the facility was duly registered, sealed the hospital after referring the patient to the near
Report: 2 Dead, Four hospitalized After Eating Amala In Osun

Report: 2 Dead, Four hospitalized After Eating Amala In Osun

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Tragedy struck in Ibokun, Obokun Local Government area of Osun State yesterday when two persons died and four others were hospitalized after eating yam flour also known as amala with stew. Saturday Sun gathered that one of those that died, Mrs Kehinde Fasanya, was a staff of Obokun Local Government Council. However, the identity of the second person could not be ascertained at the time of filing this report. Their bodies have been deposited at the Osun State General Hospital morgue at Asubiaro in Osogbo, for autopsy to determine the real cause of their death. Four others that ate the food were rushed to Our Lady of Fatimah Hospital at Jaleyemi area in Osogbo for treatment against suspected poison. The doctors at the hospital said their cases could not be handled and referred th...
Avoid Ewedu When Taking Some Antibiotics —Scientists

Avoid Ewedu When Taking Some Antibiotics —Scientists

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Certainly, many individuals would probably have heard the warnings not to drink grapefruit juice with cholesterol medication. However, that is not the only combination of food and drugs to avoid. Ewedu soup, a delicacy many enjoy taking with staple meals like Amala, Eba and Fufu, is another soup, experts have warned can interact with antibiotics like ciprofloxacin. In a study, Palestinian researchers warned that diets with Ewedu soup are better avoided when on a course of antibiotics like ciprofloxacin so as not to reduce their effectiveness. The researchers who evaluated the effect of Ewedu soup, also known as Corchorus Olitorius or jute in rabbits, found that the soup can delay the medicine from being absorbed into the blood stream by almost 30 minutes. In the 2016 study in P...
#Monkeypox Detected in Kano

#Monkeypox Detected in Kano

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A disease suspected to be monkeypox has been detected in Kano state. Correspondents say the disease was recorded at public hospital in Tiga town, Bebeji local government area of the state. A health official, who pleaded for anonymity, said a patient from Nasarawar-Kuki village was diagnosed with the disease. He added that the patient was quarantined at the hospital before he later ran away to an unknown destination. He said, “The man absconded from the hospital on Wednesday night and up till this moment that I am talking to you, we could not trace him. “Our concern is how to trace the man so that he cannot spread the disease to others. We have informed all the necessary authorities including traditional leaders so that they can help us in the search of this man.” When con
‘Overhaul NHIS Now’

‘Overhaul NHIS Now’

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It was a large crowd that gathered at Solid Rock Hospital (SRH), Ojodu, Berger, Lagos, to benefit from the free medical services organised by the hospital. Men, women, children, couples, expectant mothers, the sick, and not so sick were all there. It was part of a week-long activity organised to mark its 25th year anniversary.    The hospital was founded in 1992. According to its Medical Director, Dr Ayo Sanu, who established the hospital with his wife, Dr Tosin,  Dental Services’ head, is proud to be one of the top private hospitals in Lagos. He explained the rationale behind the free services. “Free services are meant to assist the society because the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) needs to enroll many Nigerians, but that is not the case.  And it is not capturing the treat
NSCDC Nabs Fake Doctor For Stealing N290,000 From Blind Man

NSCDC Nabs Fake Doctor For Stealing N290,000 From Blind Man

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The Kwara State Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Mr. Adeyinka Ayinla, on Monday paraded a suspect, Mr. Hammer Olalekan, before journalists for claiming to be a doctor. Olalekan who hails from Odo Otin Local Government Area of Osun State was arrested at Aboto Oja in Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State. Adeyinka, who spoke through the command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Henry Bilesanmi, said while supposedly treating a blind man, the fake doctor transferred N290,000 into his personal account. But Olalekan was said to have run out of luck when the patient’s son went to make a withdrawal on behalf of his father but discovered that there was no money left in the account. Adeyinka said subsequent request for a statement of the account then showed
FG Confirms Six Fresh Cases of Monkeypox as Disease Hits Abuja

FG Confirms Six Fresh Cases of Monkeypox as Disease Hits Abuja

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The Federal Government has confirmed six fresh cases of monkeypox including one in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, made the announcement in his office in Abuja on Friday, according to a statement by the Director of Media, Mrs. Boade Akinola. Ehanire said apart from Abuja, there are two new cases of the disease in Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom states and one in Enugu. This brings the total number of confirmed monkeypox cases to nine. Ehanire noted that investigations were ongoing to see if any of the new cases had a link with the Bayelsa cluster, where the outbreak started. He called for calm among members of the public, as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control is working with all affected states to ensure case finding and ...
NMA Calls on FG to Implement 2014 National Health Act

NMA Calls on FG to Implement 2014 National Health Act

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Yakubu Salisu, Kano The Chairman of the Kano State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Prof. Mohammad Aminu Mohammad, has called on the Federal Government to fully operationalise the 2014 National Health Act which made provision, among others, of not less than one percent of consolidated revenue as Basic Health Provision Fund (BHPF) to cater for the emergencies and the medical bill for the less privileged members in the society. He made this call at the weekend in Kano during a lecture to mark the end of a week-long activities organized to mark this year’s Physician Medical Week, with the theme ‘Declining Immunization Coverage: Threat to National Development and Security, Way Forward’.  According to him, the 2016/2017 National immunization coverage survey (NICS) indicates t
Orbital Cellulitis is not a Minor Eye Problem

Orbital Cellulitis is not a Minor Eye Problem

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Orbital cellulitis is the inflammation of eye tissues behind the orbital septum. It most commonly refers to an acute spread of infection in the eye socket from either the adjacent sinuses or through blood. It is a major infection of the eye.  It involves the soft tissues of the eye socket (such as the eyeball, muscles, fascia etc) posterior to the orbital septum (eyelids). This is different from the pre-septal cellulitis, which affects the soft tissues of the eyelids, although both conditions could occur at the same time.  It can affect both children and adults. However, it is more common among children, affecting twice as many boys as opposed to girls. There is an increased incidence of the disease during the rainy season due to increased risks of respiratory infections associated w
Physiotherapist Reveals The Birth Injuries You Need To Know About Before Having A Child

Physiotherapist Reveals The Birth Injuries You Need To Know About Before Having A Child

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Childbirth is a painful and often traumatic experience for women, but according to Sydney physiotherapist Heba Shaheed it is not spoken about enough. The mother and co-founder of The Pelvic Expert has treated more than 2000 women, many of whom have suffered from a birth injury. According to Ms Shaheed, up to 50 per cent of mothers will develop pelvic organ prolapse and consequently suffer from pain, heaviness or urinary incontinence. 'Depending on their age, 20 to 50 per cent of first-time mums physically tear their pelvic floor muscles off their pubic bone during childbirth, which leads to a lifetime of problems,' she says. 'And 10 to 15 per cent of all mums will have a perineal tear that extends into their anus or rectum. 'Unfortunately, because of the taboo nature of pelv...
UCH Doctors Solicit Stakeholders’ Intervention to Avert Another Strike

UCH Doctors Solicit Stakeholders’ Intervention to Avert Another Strike

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Resident doctors at University College Hospital, Ibadan, on Tuesday urged stakeholders to compel the tertiary hospital management to pay their salary shortfalls as directed by the Federal Government. Dr Segun Olaopa, the President, National Association of Resident Doctors told the News Agency of Nigeria that the association would continue further dialogue with the management on non-payment of the salary shortfalls. “We are weary of going on strike after the 10 days notice of strike issued to management lapsed on the Monday, October 23. “We implore management to do the needful in order to avert another strike. “At the Congress held on the evening, the notice lapsed. It was agreed that we should engage management in further dialogue till October salaries are paid to avoid loss of
Depressed Patient Sweats Blood From Her Palms And Face In Rarely Seen Condition

Depressed Patient Sweats Blood From Her Palms And Face In Rarely Seen Condition

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Sweating is a regular human function that allows a person to maintain a normal body temperature. You’re either someone who takes it for granted or curses the pit stains that ruin all of your white shirts. Unless you’re someone who perspires blood. Then you have bigger problems. A new case study published in the Canadian Medical Journal details a most peculiar case of a 21-year-old Italian woman with a three-year history of spontaneously sweating blood from her hands and face. In the case study, published Monday, the Italian doctors describe a patient who had one- to five-minute bleeding episodes. Extensive examination didn’t reveal the patient had any lesions or cuts, and tests on her blood and her skin didn’t detect any abnormalities that might cause the bleeding to happen. The pati
Wearing Fake Eyeglass Frames Can Damage Eyes — Professionals

Wearing Fake Eyeglass Frames Can Damage Eyes — Professionals

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The usage of eyeglass frames that are not original can damage the eyes, some eye care professionals have said. A vogue brand of eyeglass Frame The experts made the disclosure in an interview at an event to mark the Final Draws of the Vogue Eyewear Styling Trip Promo in Lagos on Tuesday. The event was organised by Luxottica Group S.P.A. and totalspecs Ltd., Nigera. Luxottica is the world’s largest eyewear company based in Milan, Italy. Mr Anil Agarwal, Area Manager, Luxottica, Sub-Sahara Africa, said: “If the eyeglass frame is not rightfully set on the face, one may not see properly. “If it is not centred properly or it losses balance, it can create more problems than one had been experiencing. “I advise Nigerians not to play with their health, especially the eyes with which they see; ey
Sexless Marriage’ll Affect Your Mental Health

Sexless Marriage’ll Affect Your Mental Health

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The bedroom for married couples is a place of privacy and sexual intimacy. But many who have been married for a while know that this is often not the case. Sometimes and for a long period, the bedroom can become a lonely place. To be clear, a sexless marriage is a marital union in which little or no sexual activity occurs between the two spouses. A Newsweek magazine survey found that 15 to 20 per cent of couples are in a sexless union. Studies have even showed that about 10 per cent of couples below the age of 50 have not had sex in a year. The definition is often broadened to include those where sexual intimacy occurs less than 10 times per year. In addition, less than 20 per cent of them report having sex a few times per year, or even monthly, under the age 40. This definition t...